Taiwan sees downward trend in number of Muslims visitors
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
According to the Tourism Bureau, the number of Muslim travelers to Taiwan continues to decline, having fallen to 170,000 in 2018 from a peak of 200,000 in 2015, reported UDN. The trend has sounded an alarm for the Taiwanese government as it grapples with losses in tourism revenue incurred by China's ban on solo travel to the island.
Location-wise, Taiwan is supposed to be the preferable choice over Japan and South Korea for Muslim communities, which are primarily found in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Middle East, and Africa, said Huang Cheng-tsung (黃正聰), associate professor of Providence University's Department of Tourism.
The fact that Taiwan was ranked the third most Muslim-friendly country outside of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, according to the Mastercard-Crescent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index 2019, should also have helped to increase its tourist appeal, he added. [FULL STORY]